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Villalobos tries again on 'lying lobbyists' bill



It's Sen. Alex Villalobos' legislative swan song this year -- and he's trying yet again to require lobbyists to tell the truth in committee meetings. It's a perennial issue for him, though the bill always seems to bog down in the House. (Last year it cleared the full Senate but stalled in the other chamber.)

"People come up here and lie to the Legislature every day," Villalobos said. "And we pass bills based on their lies."

The legislation -- which exempts children, lawmakers and legislative employees -- makes it a felony for someone to make a false statement "that he or she does not believe to be true." It cleared the Senate Criminal Justice committee unanimously today, with one more stop before the Senate floor.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:24am]


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